Parappa the Rapper Hands-On

We kick it with Parappa, Chop Chop Master Onion, and the rest of the gang in this remake of the original PlayStation game.

The '90s produced a number of memorable rappers: Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Biggie, and Parappa, a diminutive pup who, along with a motley crew of characters like a sunflower, onion, and a moose, starred in his own PlayStation game, Parappa the Rapper. To celebrate the rhythm game's 10th anniversary, Sony is rereleasing the game (plus a few extras) for the PlayStation Portable, and we were able to spend a few minutes with Masaya Matsuura's classic at Sony's Gamers Day.

For the uninitiated, Parappa the Rapper tells the story of Parappa, a young dog who's in love with a sunflower named Sunny Funny. To impress Sunny, Parappa takes on a number of skills, rapping along the way. If this sounds nutty, rest assured, it is. The game's visual style matches the uniqueness of the story. The characters are 2D and reminiscent of paper cutouts, both in how they look and move. The game's full of bright primary colors, and the level designs are simple and cartoonlike.

Parappa's lessons are taught by masters, who teach by rapping; there's Chop Chop Master Onion, Mooselini (a moose who's a driving instructor), Master Prince Flea Swallow, Cheap Cheap the Cooking Chicken, and MC King Kong Mushi. Each lesson starts with the master rapping about the task at hand, be it learning to drive or cooking. As they rap, an icon moves across the screen in time with the music, and when their phrase is done it's up to you to replicate the button patterns in time with the music. As long as you keep up with the master your rating will be good, but for big scores you'll have to freestyle. Conversely, if you falter, the game will tell you "u rappin' bad," and if you're really off your game, you'll be told "u rappin' awful."

For the most part the rerelease of Parappa the Rapper is extremely faithful to the PlayStation version. All of the original songs and levels are there, and there's even an option to play the game in 4:3 mode if widescreen doesn't tickle your fancy. It's not all old stuff--there are a few new bells and whistles, too. You'll be able to take on up to three other people that have a copy of the game in a competitive ad hoc mode where the goal is to get the highest score.

Since it was one of the first rhythm games, Parappa had a bit of a learning curve to it. Ten years later the game is significantly less challenging, and even though we hadn't played it in years we were able to get through the game's six levels with ease. That's where the new, remixed tracks for each level of the game come into play. To get the new tracks, you simply go online with your PSP and download them. There's no charge for the music, though the one catch is you have to beat the level with the original song before you play the new one.

Parappa and his buddies are poised to hit the PSP July 17 for a price that has yet to be determined. We'll have more on the game as its release date draws closer.

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Discussion

27 comments
marbigmarbig
marbigmarbig

A release date! Wicked! I cannot wait to buy this, I've got the first and the second and I love them both. I'd buy the second again if it were on PSP, but I'm hoping that they wil make an entirely new game for the PSP too. You gotta do what?

Erole
Erole

SONY! MAKE A PS3 EDITION! cheeres mate.

jak345
jak345

this game would best suit the wii cuz they can tell u to try and make some moves while ur rappin ( if they make a headset for the wii) but anyways its very good for the psp ull be playing it on the go

jak345
jak345

this game would best suit the wii cuz they can tell u to try and make some moves while ur rappin ( if they make a headset for the wii) but anyways its very good for the psp ull be playing it on the go

jak345
jak345

this game would best suit the wii cuz they can tell u to try and make some moves while ur rappin ( if they make a headset for the wii) but anyways its very good for the psp ull be playing it on the go

jak345
jak345

i used to play this game all night i love it now its on the psp COOl

corndawg69
corndawg69

heck yea i love this game, now its on the go SWEEEETT

Blue_GundamRX78
Blue_GundamRX78

Huh, I remember this game. I haven't thought about it in awhile now. Interesting.

produktNZ
produktNZ

I own the original disk and have the Software 1997 insert and Parappa poster that came with the game still :D. This game all the way back then had my vote for the best game of all time. And it still does some 10 years on :D

mariomusicmaker
mariomusicmaker

I will get this! i LOVE rythem games. problem is that the right output on my psp is shorted out or somthing so i can only here sound in the left speker, head phones have the same problem :( good thing psp's are only 189 now!

nerdomatic3000
nerdomatic3000

I still have a ps1 demo disk with this on it. It rocks! lol

konradak
konradak

Sweet, I remember I used to play the Demo from one of my Playstation Magazine's demo disks all the time (I was too young to get money to buy any game I wanted, so I had to choose carefully) 'n I loved it. I always wanted to get it but $$ was an issue. Not neymore. HOpefully it's still just as good, I'll deff buy it!

ninjasam
ninjasam

lol good job Thorpe89. " I want a whole new version for consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3." What a nooooob parappa is gonna be a hit, its kinda short though, but rediculous replay Value. Wonder if they are gonna do the same with number 2? Do you know why we stoped the car?

ScrillaScrill
ScrillaScrill

My sister beat the last level of Parappa on the PSone before I could... Not cool... Can't wait for this one. i'll have a new reason to play the hell out of my PSP.

toxicmog
toxicmog

stick it on the PS3 market place ¬_¬

lawsond
lawsond

Oh man, I thought this guy was dead.

DreFullCircle
DreFullCircle

this might be the only reason i'll get a psp. and this is coming from a guy who hates the psp for many, many reasons. by the way, thorpe89, sony would never release a game for the 360. scea stants for sony somputer entertainment of america. you might want to write that down

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

This game is perfect for PSP, they should've done this a long time ago. With that said I'm getting it :)

mcxps3
mcxps3

Parrappa was my dog son wish they would add a few more levels though.

Zero_Beat
Zero_Beat

Kick, punch, it's all in the mind!

fireboy666
fireboy666

i loved that game. i can't wait for the psp remake!

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

I want a whole new version for consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Sanguis_Malus
Sanguis_Malus

They should release this for download on the PS3.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I remember this game.Most probably i''ll get it if it's good